The big French winter sales began yesterday! They are mandated by the French government (and may only run twice a year during these designated periods, except for "private" sales, which is for another post). This round of les soldes will continue through February 21. The prices continue to decrease as the days and weeks pass, as does the available inventory, so the game of timing is a precious one.
Buy your airline ticket now; there is still time! I just saw a sale on the American Airlines website with great fares from the U.S., if anyone's interested.